pa·​rade | \ pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio) \

Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pompous show : exhibition
2a : the ceremonial formation of a body of troops before a superior officer
b : a place where troops assemble regularly for parade
3a : an informal procession
b : a public procession
c : a usually lengthy array or succession a parade of visitors
4a : a place for strolling
b : those who promenade


paraded; parading

Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to maneuver or march : marshal
3 : to exhibit ostentatiously

intransitive verb

1 : to march in or as if in a procession
b : masquerade myths which parade as modern science— M. R. Cohen

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Other Words from parade


parader noun

Synonyms for parade

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Examples of parade in a Sentence

Noun the annual Thanksgiving Day parade After the team won the championship, the city threw a parade for them. The town will put on a parade. The marching band lined up for the homecoming parade. Verb The team and its fans paraded down the street. Protesters paraded in front of City Hall. The models paraded up and down the runway. She paraded around on the beach in her bikini. The victors paraded the prisoners through the streets.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the parade, head to North Park to paint pumpkins. Annie Alleman,, "A bounty of fall and Halloween events await the western suburbs," 11 Sep. 2019 After the parade: There will be free art projects, balloon animals and entertainment for children. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "3 Bay Area pet festivals, parades to celebrate in September," 10 Sep. 2019 Ruiz, the first fighter of Mexican descent to become heavyweight champion, received a hero’s welcome with a parade in his hometown, then hit the late-night TV circuit and bought himself a mansion. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz rematch will be in Saudi Arabia," 9 Aug. 2019 Chants of the phrase rang out from the stands after the team’s championship victory against the Netherlands last month, and later throughout the Canyon of Heroes as the women were feted with a ticker tape parade. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "What the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Needs More Than Equal Pay," 3 Aug. 2019 After the parade, Estates residents and guests celebrated in Ramona Oaks Park with games, a horseshoe tournament, food, carnival booths and music from the Black Canyon Blues band. Ramona Sentinel, "Estates celebrates Independence Day with parade, games, music," 11 July 2019 After the parade, de Blasio, also a Democrat, planned to honor the team with symbolic keys to the city. Washington Post, "Soccer fans cheer U.S. women’s national team at New York parade," 10 July 2019 After the parade, all 23 USWNT team members will rejoin their National Women's League teams. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Fans gather to celebrate USWNT World Cup title at parade: 'This is a huge deal'," 10 July 2019 After the parade, de Blasio, also a Democrat, planned to honor the team with symbolic keys to the city. Ali Swenson, Houston Chronicle, "Fans cheer World Cup champs as leaders on and off the field," 10 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beede opened the night with five shutout innings before Giants manager Bruce Bochy began parading relievers from the visitor’s bullpen beyond the right field fence to the Dodger Stadium mound. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Tyler Beede, six Giants relievers combine to stun the Dodgers in shutout win," 7 Sep. 2019 The protesters, who mostly gathered along the brand new Mulberry Commons Park across from the arena, were in stark contrast to the music world superstars parading the red carpet in bedazzled dresses and suits. oregonlive, "MTV VMAs 2019: Protesters descend on N.J. city, seeking clean water," 26 Aug. 2019 Aside from that, there are going to be deals and sales parading around as Prime Day deals all the way up to the big day. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "Here's how to prep for Amazon Prime Day now that dates are revealed," 25 June 2019 Last week, matters reached a new level of absurdity when Parliament was suspended and a government official called Black Rod paraded in protest through the House of Commons carrying a sword and, well, an actual black rod. New York Times, "This Week in Business: E-Cigarettes Take a Hit, and Gig Workers Get Good News," 15 Sep. 2019 Jennifer Talbot, 42, wept while being paraded in front of the cameras alongside investigators. NBC News, "U.S. woman accused of smuggling baby in carry-on bag faces life in jail," 5 Sep. 2019 Award-winning cows, horses, sheep and even donkeys paraded in front of him, as gauchos dressed in their baggy bombacha trousers doffed their berets. The Economist, "Might Mauricio Macri be reelected in Argentina?," 10 Aug. 2019 But the fiscal realities of Alabama’s largest party remain as much of a puzzle as the identities of the mystic society members who parade in the streets. al, "Can Mobile unmask the true worth of Mardi Gras?," 4 Aug. 2019 About 10 minutes later more than a dozen first-responders paraded in, Habana said. Chris Mayhew,, "Surprise: Florence police, firefighters sing at child birthday party after guests no-showed," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of parade


circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1686, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for parade


borrowed from French, "show, display (of an object to demonstrate its value), show of military force, cavalry procession," going back to Middle French, from parer "to prepare, adorn, dress (a person) with care" (going back to Old French) + -ade -ade — more at pare


derivative of parade entry 1

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of parade was circa 1656

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English Language Learners Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a public celebration of a special day or event that usually includes many people and groups moving down a street by marching or riding in cars or on special vehicles (called floats)
: a military ceremony in which soldiers march or stand in lines so that they can be examined by officers or other important people
: a long series of people or things that come one after the other



English Language Learners Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk or march together in public especially as a way of celebrating or protesting something
: to walk in a way that attracts attention
: to force (someone) to walk or march in public


pa·​rade | \ pə-ˈrād How to pronounce parade (audio) \

Kids Definition of parade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a public celebration that includes people moving in order down a street by walking or riding in vehicles or on floats a circus parade the Independence Day parade
2 : the formation of troops before an officer for inspection
3 : great show or display … I couldn't see the usual parade of ships coming toward the harbor …— Theodore Taylor, The Cay


paraded; parading

Kids Definition of parade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to march in an orderly group
2 : to show off We know you're smart. You don't have to parade it.

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